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Road to Mercy



Title:  The Road to Mercy
Author:  Kathy Harris                                                                                                                       
Pages:  320
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
     In our lives we make choices, some of them are good and others are not.  Either good or bad choices bring consequences into not only our lives, but those around us, both known and unknown.  When we are in a relationship with another person, whether it is a sibling or friend or even marital, we bring our history with us.  Our history brings us both memories we would like to be able to go back and live over and others we would rather forget.
     The novel, The Road to Mercy, involves many different characters, scenes, time frames, and locations.  Throughout the whole novel, it is evident that the author is pointing out the truth of God’s love, forgiveness, grace, and mercy no matter what our choices have been.  It is a novel of hope, reminding the reader that the past doesn’t have to negatively affect the present or the future.  If we allow the Lord to work in our hearts, He uses all things for our good and for the good of others whether we can see down the road or not.
     Interwoven into the pages of the novel is a reminder of walking our lives by faith and that no matter what our career or personal life is like, we are human beings when all is stripped away.  In being human, we all need Him and the friendship of others to help us throughout the journey that includes mountaintop experiences as well as when we are in the valley.
     One part of the story is of a baby boy who alone lived through a plane crash that took the lives of his other family members.  His parents were Messianic believers and though his grandfather tried to deter Isaac from finding out as he grew up, he still somehow was learning the truth of his parents’ beliefs.  Who would be so bold as to share with him the faith his parents had and will Isaac come to know the Messiah as well?
     Then we have a young married couple who have kept their past from each other because of the shame and fear it stirred within their hearts.  Bethany had been brought up in a Christian home, but when she went away to college, she made a choice.  The choice she made wasn’t the wise one she thought it was at the time.  Now, many years later, the scars she still bears are weighing her down and binding her in fear.  Her life was brought almost to an end without the help of a good doctor who thought he knew how to direct her course so she would recover.  However, the problem was Bethany was pregnant.  The pain in her head, the risk to her and the unborn baby were going to bring out skeletons from a past.  She had hoped they would never see the light of day.
     Josh lost his mother when he was young.  Then, his father’s decisions afterward scarred the young man.  Josh thought he could handle the health crisis with Bethany, a blossoming music career, the financial turns in the ministry, and other people’s choices that came to light.  The choices made by others caused Josh to be embarrassed, not so much for the ministry as the thought of what it did to the witness for Christ.  What is Josh going to do when he is feeling like all hell is breaking lose and coming to realize he can control none of it?
     I read this novel in a matter of hours.  It draws from reader awareness that it can be true stories in today’s headlines even though the book is strictly fictional.  Perhaps it will encourage the faith of the reader and light the path to the truth of Jesus Christ being the only answer when all is said and done.  I hope you read this fictional story and perhaps share it with someone who might need a glimpse of mercy and hope.
     My rating is 4 ½ stars.                                                                              
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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